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New York Times defends publishing details on whistleblower.

The New York Times has received backlash from readers on both sides of the political spectrum for revealing details about the whistleblower who filed the complaint central to Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry.

Trump has inquired after the whistleblower’s identity and accused the whistleblower of pushing a political agenda.

The Times executive editor Dean Baquet issued a statement, defending the paper’s editorial choice:

‘’The president and some of his supporters have attacked the credibility of the whistle-blower, who has presented information that has touched off a landmark impeachment proceeding. The president himself has called the whistle-blower’s account a “political hack job.”

We decided to publish limited information about the whistle-blower — including the fact that he works for a nonpolitical agency and that his complaint is based on an intimate knowledge and understanding of the White House — because we wanted to provide information to readers that allows them to make their own judgments about whether or not he is credible.

Unlike many news organisations, we chose an approach that means all our reporting is free and available for everyone. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable’’.

 

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